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HP Releasing Windows 8 Atom-Based Tablet Too

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 21 comments

HP has chosen Intel's platform to create a Windows 8 tablet because it's not clear when Windows on ARM will be released.

Following news that HP hopes to have Windows-8 based PCs out the door by the end of the year, HP CEO Meg Whitman said during a Wall Street Journal conference in Menlo Park, California that the company also plans to release a Windows 8 tablet in the same year-end timeframe.

According to Whitman, HP chose Intel's Atom-based solution over chips based on ARM because it's "not clear" when Windows on ARM will actually be released. Microsoft has indicated that it's pushing to launch the non-x86/64 version in the same timeframe, but apparently there's enough doubt to convince HP into using an Atom SoC instead.

Wednesday during HP's earnings conference call, Whitman made no mention of producing a Windows on ARM tablet by the end of the year, and now we know why. She also indicated that the company would be prepared for a possible Windows 8 (x86/64) launch delay, but hoped to see the new OS appear on store shelves before the 2012 holiday season begins.

"The better Windows 8 is, the better off we are," she said during the call. "So, we're rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that's delivered on time that we can get to market before the holiday season," she said during the call.

If Windows 8 does get delayed (and we're not saying it will), HP could very well release compatible desktops and laptops by the end of the year anyway along with a voucher to upgrade to the new OS when it finally goes retail. Tablets would likely be stalled until the new OS is released however, thwarting HP's pre-2012 Holiday Season launch, depending on how long the possible delay ensues.

In addition to talking about Windows 8 tablets, Whitman on Friday said the company is currently investing in developing talented executives. It's also focusing on organic growth and getting back to the company's original principles -- what it calls "The HP Way." She also said HP would hire the next CEO from within instead of luring outside parties.

“I will not feel like I’ve done a good job if my successor is not an internal choice,” Whitman said.

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    bobusboy , February 25, 2012 3:22 PM
    The more competition the better.
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    phamhlam , February 25, 2012 3:51 PM
    Is HP dumb? Atom tablets are slow and gives the user an awful experience. Put a i5 like Samsung or an i3 at least.
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    freggo , February 25, 2012 3:52 PM
    phamhlamIs HP dumb? Atom tablets are slow and gives the user an awful experience. Put a i5 like Samsung or an i3 at least.

    All depends on the price point. and what the tablet is used for.
    A cheap tabled to check emails or a map on the go may just work.
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    stingray71 , February 25, 2012 4:42 PM
    Not even remotely interested. We're on the first steps of a paradigm shift, the outcome will not be good for MS. Are new leader is a little green android!

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    mosu , February 25, 2012 4:54 PM
    I wonder why HP did not choose a cheaper and more suited solution from AMD for it's new tablet? An Atom solution did not stand a chance in front of an ARM chip like TI OMAP5, not to mention the G embedded series from AMD.
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2012 5:36 PM
    This is a huge blow to ARM. HP going Intel pretty much puts the crapper on ARM in the tablet market for Windows 8. No doubt others will follow. The WOA solution was a poor one anyway. As for those claining the ARM chips are better, do you actually have any evidence? Last tests shown on ANAND's site indicate that the Intel solution was far superior. AMD doesn't have a market here. They don't have anything low powered enough to be considered in this market so not sure what mosu is talking about. As for speed Phamhlam, ATOMs are faster than ARM CPUs so you too are dead wrong. You don't put i5s and i3s on tablets. Tablets are limited function devices. You put those CPUs on ultrabooks which can act as tablets but give you full PC functionality.
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    madooo12 , February 25, 2012 7:27 PM
    seriously, why didn't they consider tirinity or brazos 2.0

    another wave of bribes
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2012 8:19 PM
    Trinity and Brazos are not tablet processors. They are not SoC and use up WAY too much power for the tablet market. Why is this so hard to understand? Even IvyBridge is FAR too power hungry for tablets. If you want Brazos, buy a netbook. If you want trinity/Ivy, buy an Ultrabook form factor. If you want a tablet, the Atom is your best option. I have little doubt that Atom will be superb for tablets. Now the phone market is another question altogether. People aren't necessarily looking for the things that Atom is strong in for that market.
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2012 8:50 PM
    The atom of H2 will be clover trail... so please don't count it out. It can beat most ARM SoCs hands down at least in tablet Form Factor.
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    sonofliberty08 , February 25, 2012 9:59 PM
    Atom base ? thanks but no thanks
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    __-_-_-__ , February 25, 2012 10:07 PM
    where's android dual boot?
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    ojas , February 26, 2012 3:09 AM
    Funny people are still negative about the Atom. I mean, yes they have a poor image in the PC space, but heck, this is a tablet we're talking about. Plus Medfield will share the SB/IB architecture which has huge IPC performance, which is what you need for the mobile space, not "more COARS!!".

    I'm not saying it'll blow ARM out of the water, nor am i trying to be a fanboy, i'm just saying, give it a chance. Competition is good, after all, and Intel can't demand the same prices when it's the one competing.
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    mstrbass2000 , February 26, 2012 4:15 PM
    android is gonna be a dying platform soon,the manufactures of android tablet can't make money on android due to very slim margins and licensing deal which they have to pay microsoft due to android breaking microsofts patents

    when windows 8 shows up all of the major manufactures will move over to support microsoft due to higher profit margins and that'll force retail to promote windows 8 and push it over android

    this will affect smartphones as well imo
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    psiboy , February 27, 2012 10:07 AM
    Atom was dead in the water once AMD's Brazo's came out... no one who has a clue would touch that a piece of crap Atom! I sell technology to the uneducated masses for a living.... I have Never recommended ANYTHING with that dog of an Atom in it since Brazo's launched... Nor have any of my colleagues...
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    cptnjarhead , February 27, 2012 12:50 PM
    from what i have read the base install size of windows 8 is around 11gigs.
    CM7 is about 2gigs.
    webos 3 is about 3.5 gigs

    Will MS have a lite version of win8 for tablets?
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    Cazalan , February 27, 2012 3:29 PM
    I'm guessing AMD didn't have a chipset to go with Brazo's to make it into this form factor. Brazo's is just one piece of the puzzle and HP wanted a full solution today.
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    photonboy , February 27, 2012 3:51 PM
    Windows 8 and ARM:
    Initially a lack of device drivers and software compatibility. It'll be interesting to see how important this is:

    Windows 8 and x86:
    If I had to choose a tablet or transforming netbook/tablet, I think I'd rather go this way.

    x86 (AMD APU vs Intel Atom):
    The AMD APU has the best performance vs power. Keep in mind there are different versions of the APU so the lower end may still be underpowered for some and a high-end Atom may even be more powerful than a low-end APU.

    *Only some of the newest APU's (and all future) support the full Fusion architecture that will be optimized in future software. Having said that, the current APU's are great and we're always hearing how great software "will" run on the hardware (I've been hearing about this since "transcoding" on my HD3870 graphics card and I'm still waiting).

    **AMD APU's all support the new OpenCL initiative which hopefully which should start seeing support in 2013. OpenCL is basically about creating software that can utilize BOTH the graphics AND the CPU element at the same time. Again, only the newest (and future) APU's can make the most use of this (when supported) however all APU's support this so it will make the device more powerful for supported applications in the future whereas the Intel Atom does not support this.
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    rosen380 , February 28, 2012 1:17 PM
    "from what i have read the base install size of windows 8 is around 11gigs."

    Is that full Windows 8, or the Metro portion only?
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    cptnjarhead , February 28, 2012 2:32 PM
    Metro is only a UI (user interface) not an OS. Metro UI is included with windows 8.
    The 11gig is based on 64bit install.
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    rosen380 , February 28, 2012 3:46 PM
    Got it-- I was under the impression it was much closer to a dual boot scenario than just two different UIs and that Metro was very light.
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